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Paramedic quizzed over murder of nurse ex

A paramedic was being questioned by police today on suspicion of murdering his ex-girlfriend in a hospital car park.

Why we do like to be beside the seaside

It has been a British obsession for centuries. And this summer, our buckets and spades are coming out in record numbers, writes John Walsh

Business Diary: Blackpool comes to London

This must be the hottest ticket in town. An invite has arrived from Pleasure Beach Resort, Blackpool, to the early-morning announcement of the latest stage in the overhaul of Britain's favourite seaside resort's brand. The bash will be held next week at a trendy Soho hotel in London's West End and even offers breakfast. A traditional English fry-up, presumably.

Pet Shop Boys, Empress Ballroom, Blackpool<br/>Klaxons, Ruby Lounge, Manchester

A dash of wit, a slice of politics and a garnish of art-school style &ndash; the Pet Shop Boys' synth-pop formula just gets better and better

Plan to reduce economic gap in life expectancy has failed

The gap between the life expectancy of the rich and poor has widened despite efforts to close it, an official Government watchdog concluded yesterday.

Special schools should be kept, urges disabled MP

Britain's first MP with cerebral palsy has made an impassioned plea to the Government not to close special schools in its overhaul of the education system. Paul Maynard, the Conservative MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, said he hopes to inspire other people with disabilities to pursue a career in politics.

England release Lunt for club duty

The Huddersfield hooker Shaun Lunt has been released from the England squad to allow him to play for his club at St Helens tomorrow night. Lunt is not now scheduled to play in the international against France on Saturday, but will rejoin England in camp after the game, in order to give him as much time as possible in that environment.

Little and Large 'haven't spoken for a long time'

Former comedy double act Little and Large no longer maintain contact, comedian Eddie Large revealed today.

Play-off final is worth &pound;90m to the winners

The winner of tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship play-off final between Cardiff and Blackpool will secure a staggering prize of £90million in new funds, according to analysts.

Dave Hadfield: I'm not sorry to have missed Blackpool's 132

People who know of my soft spot for Blackpool have been saying that they bet I wish I had been there to see them put 132 points past Gateshead on Sunday.

Father in tribute to teenager killed by train

The father of a 16-year-old girl who died after she was hit by a train while trying to retrieve her dog from the tracks described his daughter as his "heart and soul".

Leeds on their guard as Blackpool seek repeat of famous win

Nobody seriously expects Blackpool to win their Challenge Cup tie at Leeds tonight, but one certainty is that their preparation will be smoother then it was when they last played at Headingley.

Paul prepares to cause upset on return to Odsal

Robbie Paul gets a return to Odsal tonight that he never expected when he dropped down a division by signing for Leigh.

Four held over teenager's death

Four people were arrested today in connection with the death of a 17-year-old girl whose body was found at a house.

The Magnificent Spilsbury by Jane Robins

According to George Orwell, the Brides in the Bath murders gave "the greatest... pleasure to the British public". The case, with its unlovely spinsters duped by a conman, climaxed in a courtroom clash between the theatrical "Great Defender" Edward Marshall Hall and the expert witness, pathologist Bernard Spilsbury.

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